Christian apologist Ken Ham was supposed to speak at the University of Central Oklahoma on March 5 about Creation Science, but the UCO Student Association had canceled the invitation after being pressured by an LGBT group to do so.
On Feb. 7, UCO student body president Stockton Duvall said student government leaders and another group called Valid World Views had invited Ham to talk about his Creation Science views. However, the invitation drew outcry from members of a group linked to the Women's Research Center/BGLTQ+Student Center at the university because of the Christian speaker's conservative stance on marriage, News OK detailed.
Duvall and the other student government leaders reportedly opted to revoke the invitation extended to Ham after pressure from the LGBT group. He clarified that it was not the school administration that had banned Ham since they had previously expressed support for whatever decision the student leaders made on the issue.
Ham, on the other hand, said he was surprised that such opposition had broken out in a state that was popular for being conservative. He revealed that he had no plans to talk about where he stood on marriage, but he refused to sign a statement agreeing to skip that topic if it were brought up during a question-and-answer question.
The Christian apologist will instead appear at the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond on March 5.
Meanwhile, three lawmakers in the state questioned the decision to rescind Ham's invitation at the UCO. Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City) spoke out against bullying and pressuring people into stifling free speech, especially in college campuses, while Rep. Chuck Strohm (R-Jenks) said Christians in the state should not be obliged to pay additional tax to fund "censorship and bigotry" at state colleges, The Edmond Sun reported.
"Those claiming to advocate for tolerance are often, and ironically, the most intolerant of all," Sen. Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate) said. "This bullying by anti-Christian campus censors has to stop."
In light of what happened, the three Oklahoma lawmakers vowed to conduct a review on the Regents for Higher Education's use of taxpayer money. They also called for appropriate measures to prevent intolerance.